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Q: I'm a mom of three young and active boys and just moved upcountry. Since I'm now closer to Kula Hospital than Maui Memorial, can I go to the Kula ER for cuts and stiches, and x-rays, or do I still need to drive to the Maui Memorial ER?

Yes, the Kula Hospital Emergency Room (ER) has the equipment and staff to care for these kinds of non-life-threatening emergencies. Our Emergency Department offers x-ray and laboratory services, and can take care of splinting, suturing, and wound care, as well as administer IV fluids and medications. There is a physician on staff in the ER 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On most weekdays, you or your sons could be seen immediately, with little to no wait. Weekends and holidays are a little busier, but wait times are still usually much shorter than at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) Emergency Room. The environment is quiet and relaxing, with a beautiful view of the ocean and south Maui. While Kula Hospital ER can take care of patients with a cold or the flu, broken bones, or those in need of wound care, we recommend that anyone with a serious or complex medical problem or medical need, use the MMMC ER. If you are experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, please call 911 immediately and operators can assist in determining important next steps. Please note that the Kula Hospital ER or operator is not able to provide medical advice over the phone. Medical questions should be directed to your primary care physician and insurance questions to your insurance carrier.